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After the Famine: Emigration from Ireland, 1850–1913

Hatton, TJ and Williamson, JG (1993) 'After the Famine: Emigration from Ireland, 1850–1913.' The Journal of Economic History, 53 (3). 575 - 600. ISSN 0022-0507

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This article examines the determinants of emigration from post-Famine Ireland. As Irish real wages rose relative to those in destination countries, the emigration rate fell. We argue, from time series analysis, that much of the secular fall in the rate can be explained by that narrowing of the wage gap. County-level, cross-sectional analysis of emigration rates indicates that poverty and low wages, large family size, and limited opportunities to acquire smallholdings all contributed to high rates of emigration. Changes in those variables over time reflect the rise in living standards, consistent with time series evidence. © 1993, The Economic History Association. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2012 13:51
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:17

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